Buffalo Man Sentenced In Connection With A Fentanyl-Related Death

BUFFALO – Carlique DeBerry, 40, of Buffalo, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison early Wednesday morning in U.S. Federal Court for distributing “heroin,” which the U.S. Attorney’s Office said resulted in the death of R.G. DeBerry.

On Feb. 25, 2016 Carlique DeBerry traveled to Hamburg, reportedly traveled to the home of a regular customer to sell a quantity of “heroin” to R.G. DeBerry. Later that evening, R.G’s mother found him deceased in a chair.

When law enforcement arrived at the scene, R.G. DeBerry’s cell phone was taken in as evidence. The next morning there was a text from Carlique DeBerry stating, “Call me wen u get this bro.” An officer of the law reportedly responded to DeBerry, pretending to be R.G. DeBerry.

The text conversation went as follows:

“R.G.”: Yo my mins are about used. What’s up? That was some good
(expletive) last night
Defendant: K Just checkn on u thts all
“R.G.”: That was some heavy stuff wtf was up w thay
Defendant: Its pure thats whats up wit it bro

Another arrangement was reportedly made to sell a bundle of “heroin” for $100.

An autopsy was performed and it determined that R.G.’s cause of death was acute fentanyl intoxication.

Wednesday’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division, and the Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory Wickett.

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